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2016 Postmortem

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Mon Nov 28, 2016, 11:38 PM Nov 2016

Opinions wanted. Should President Obama issue an Executive Order retroactively authorizing Hillary's [View all]

use of a private server in her private residence for State Dept business in order to permanently remove the threat that the GOP Congress and the President-Elect continues to hold over her head? She hasn't been convicted of a federal crime so a Presidential Pardon or Presidential Commutation is not called for. Jason Chaffetz has promised to bring new hearings and charges against Hillary and it would be nice to have this situation behind her once and for all. Besides with Hillary in the clear, Chaffetz will have more time to concentrate on Trump's High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

For the record, the head of any Federal Agency can exempt an employee from compliance with an agency policy if the circumstances warrant it or if the Agency Head deems it appropriate. We know that Hillary did not request the use of a private server because the State Dept Inspector General said as much, but that doesn't mean that she couldn't have negotiated the use of a private server with President Obama who was the one who issued a policy that all employees would use a .gov email account as a condition of accepting her appointment. It doesn't mean that she could use a private server to violate FOIA laws but she has never been charged with that to my recollection. There has been speculation that is why she set it up, but as far as I know that's never been proven or even a formal charge made alleging such.

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Obama could still pardon Hillary, just like Nixon without being charged with anything. InAbLuEsTaTe Nov 2016 #1
I don't believe so. I spent a lot of time reviewing the section regarding Presidential Pardons and politicaljunkie41910 Nov 2016 #7
Okay, then how did Nixon get pardoned without ever being charged? Or am I mis-remembering? InAbLuEsTaTe Nov 2016 #9
Did any of your reading leftynyc Nov 2016 #13
Obama could issue a blanket pardon. NWCorona Nov 2016 #15
It's not necessary and impies guilt Lil Missy Nov 2016 #2
Yes. Agreed. emulatorloo Nov 2016 #3
Disagree. See my two responses. If you have a reference that shows it's not necessary I'd like to politicaljunkie41910 Nov 2016 #8
She hasn't done anything wrong/illegal emulatorloo Nov 2016 #10
Frankly, I think that is a really dumb idea. She should do absolutely nothing at this point. Lil Missy Nov 2016 #11
So why is it a dumb idea? Besides the fact that you said so. politicaljunkie41910 Nov 2016 #12
Sure, he could, I guess...but why give the Nazi RW media echo chamber another talking point? Wounded Bear Nov 2016 #4
No blue cat Nov 2016 #5
No. I don't believe she wants that. marybourg Nov 2016 #6
Yes, it denies Trump his desire to prosecute Amishman Nov 2016 #14
No. Obama should and I expect he probably will issue a blanket pardon NWCorona Nov 2016 #16
God no. Hillary is the reason we lost Azathoth Nov 2016 #17
I hope they go after Clinton with the fire of a million suns. NCTraveler Nov 2016 #18
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